MULTICRITERION ANALYSIS OF FOREST WATERSHED MANAGEMENT ALTERNATIVES

Aregai Tecle, Martin M. Fogel, Lucien Duckstein

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Abstract

ABSTRACT: The impacts of alternative forest watershed management practices are examined from a multicriterion viewpoint in order to select the most satisfactory management scheme. The selection process is carried out using two types of multicriterion decision making techniques: the outranking types of ELECTRE I and II, and the distance‐based type of compromise programming (CP). The process is illustrated using the U.S. Forest Service Beaver Creek Experimental Watershed in the Salt‐Verde River Basin of Arizona as an example. The desired objectives of the experimental study and the alternative forest watershed resources management schemes are transformed into an evaluation matrix of alternatives versus criteria array. Analyses of the matrix using the aforementioned techniques result in a complete preference ordering of the feasible alternatives in the cases of ELECTRE LI and CP and a partial ordering when ELECTRE I is used. In addition, some sensitivity analyses have been performed and showed ELECTRE II and CP to be fairly robust with respect to parameter changes, while ELECTRE I being highly sensitive to changes in threshold levels. Overall the three techniques pointed out that 65 percent vegetation cut is the best management scheme, while the next best is shown to be 50 percent vegetation cut.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1169-1178
Number of pages10
JournalJAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association
Volume24
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1988

Keywords

  • ELECFRE
  • compromise programming
  • multicriterion decision making
  • preference ranking
  • watershed management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology
  • Water Science and Technology
  • Earth-Surface Processes

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